A skip tracer--someone who collects late payments from people who've purchased appliances, etc., or takes them back them when they don't pay--repossesses a small radio from a deadbeat who's... See full summary »

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George Douglas ...
Steve Brady
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Mike Mulvaney
Eddie Fetherston ...
Conroy
Guy Usher ...
Police Officer John Mulvaney
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'Duke' Jurgens
Edwin Max ...
Taxi (as Ed Miller)
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Bill Lannigan
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Miles Hanover
Anna Lisa ...
Corrine Hill
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John Lawrence
Marie Rice ...
Mrs. Mulvaney
Frank Meredith ...
Police Officer Mike
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A skip tracer--someone who collects late payments from people who've purchased appliances, etc., or takes them back them when they don't pay--repossesses a small radio from a deadbeat who's skipped payments. What he doesn't know is that a gang that has stolen diamonds from a Hollywood movie star has stashed them inside the radio, and they start hunting for him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Laff-Drama of Budgets and Bill Collectors!

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28 June 1940 (USA)  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecasts so far uncovered occurred Monday 2 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), New York City. and Saturday 20 November 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), Philadelphia. See more »

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The first time Jimmy Parker recovers the radio with the hidden jewels from Miss Driscoll's apartment he has to unplug it from the wall. Near the end of the picture, when he takes it from Driscoll's new apartment, it doesn't have a cord and he just picks it up to take it away. See more »

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Sherman Scott Rings the Bell
1 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

The accent is on comedy capers rather than mystery and noir in this remarkably involved yet fast-paced and light-hearted gangster yarn about stolen diamonds which a sleazy blonde has hidden in a cheap portable radio.

Although this movie was made right in the middle of a down cycle in James Dunn's remarkable up-and-down movie career (he would bounce back with a vengeance in 1945 when he won universal praise for his brilliant performance under Elia Kazan's tutelage in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), it's quite an entertaining little offering, despite the actor's haggard appearance in some shots. It's also of interest to see the lovely Frances Gifford (Dunn's wife at the time) and a fine collection of support oddballs including Dave O'Brien and Rita La Roy.

For once, director Neufeld/Newfield (alias Sherman Scott here) has handled the proceedings with pace and even occasional flair, making deft use of a large number of real (if not particularly picturesque) L.A. locations. The director also manages the difficult feat of balancing many disparate plot elements in an extremely complicated screenplay so neatly and with such finesse that even a backward audience can always follow the plot.

Mind you, a farcical script that creates such a frantic fuss over a portable radio set that looks as if it's worth ten bucks at the most, is hardly believable. But with players like Dunn, Gifford, O'Brien and company, who cares?


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